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A couple of unfortunately timed tweets elicited a lot of excitement from fans of the Batman Arkham video games, only for them to be let down twice in the span of a few hours. Let’s go through the fervor, the rise, and the fall.
A little context: Fans of the Arkham games have waited four years for any kind of update about a new title in the series. Very credible rumors have led fans to believe that the next game is being developed by WB Games Montreal, and is based on Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo’s Court of Owls storyline that kicked off the New 52.
On Saturday, September 22 (Batman Day), WB Games Montreal tweeted this after 4 years of silence:
@WBGamesMTL is proud to celebrate Batman’s 80th anniversary with rest of the world during #BatmanDay #Batman80 pic.twitter.com/4VGz9kBWxj
— WB Games Montréal (@WBGamesMTL) September 22, 2019
Soon after, Scott Snyder retweeted WB Games Montreal, adding the hashtag #bewarethecourtofowls, all but confirming the Court of Owl game’s existence.
Did Scott Snyder just tease the Court of Owls being involved in the next WB Montreal’s project? The tweet has been deleted, but not before someone got a screencap of it. #bewarethecourtofowls pic.twitter.com/fk2scxnC9u
— Batman Arkham Videos (@ArkhamVideos) September 22, 2019
He deleted the tweet within minutes but that was enough time for gamers to screenshot it. After 2 separate teases for a Batman game (even if one was accidental), fans were in a tizzy. To heighten matters even more, PlayStation was hosting one of its State of Play conferences, a video presentation where Sony announces new games for the platform. It was only sensible to think that the Batman teases tied into the State of Play.
State of Play aired on September 24 at 3pm. It shared a new trailer for the highly anticipated The Last of Us 2, but had no mention of anything Batman-related.
But wait, fans thought. Xbox had its own video event, Inside Xbox less than two hours after State of Play. Maybe the game will finally be announced there!
Inside Xbox aired and… still nothing. That sadly finished a 3-day period full of ups and downs on a low note. Gamers ended the day pretty dejected, but ultimately they didn’t really lose anything. A Batman game based on Court of Owls is clearly still coming, we just have to wait a little while longer for more details about it. The Beat will be writing about them once they come!